I followed the answer to How do I install gedit without Zeitgeist? and installed gedit without zeitgeist (in fact, zeitgeist is completely removed). gedit runs happily without zeitgeist.
Now I can't install anything else, because synaptic complains all the time that two packages (gedit and gedit-plugins) are broken; the update manager continually tries to upgrade zeitgeist from non-existent; installing another package "helpfully" tries to uninstall gedit & plugins, etc.
Is there a way to tell apt to STFU and not install zeitgeist and not uninstall gedit?
apt-get -f install is precisely what I do NOT want.